LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: ZSL A zoo keeper throws walnuts to the gorillas as London Zoo reopens as festive wonderland at ZSL London Zoo following UK lockdown on December 02, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Donating your old cell phones can help save gorillas. I know what you’re thinking but yes it’s true. The mineral Coltan which goes into cell phones and computers is found in the gorillas’ natural habitat. Those habitats are being destroyed to mine coltan as well as to collect lumber. This has led to a dramatic decrease in the gorilla population especially in central Africa.

Today is World Gorilla Day and in that honor the NC Zoo wants North Carolinians to donate their old cellphones and computers in an effort to help save the lives of gorillas around the world.  The NC Zoo is a partner with  Gorillas on the Line, which is a worldwide cellphone recycling program.

If you’re anything like me and have several old cell phones or other devices laying around the house this is a great way to recycle them. Just drop off any old phones, tablets, iPods, or similar devices at the zoo in Asheboro. They will then be sent off to recycling partners who will extract the coltan and recycle it for use in new electronics all without harming the gorillas’ habitat. Plus anyone who brings in an old device this Saturday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. will receive a free Gorillas on the Line shirt. And while you’re there donating your cell phones make sure to stop by and say hi to the zoo’s troop of seven western lowland gorillas.

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